A MAN missing for five years has been urged to come back home in time for a family wedding.
Lorry driver Bruce Gapper vanished after his fire-damaged car was found abandoned close to Castle Hill five years ago on Monday.
His family hope he is still alive and have made a fresh appeal for him to get in touch.
Mrs Wendy Dixon, Bruce's sister, who lives in a village near Southport, said: "My daughter, Hannah, is getting married this summer.
"She was his first niece and, as such, was very close to him.
"It would be the best wedding present ever to have him at the ceremony. I'm sure that someone, somewhere can help us."
She added: "I'm pleased with the way the inquiry has been handled by the police.
"I just hope now that with the passage of time someone feels able to come forward and get in touch. This is still as painful for us now as it was on the first day he went missing."
Mr Gapper, who will be 45 now, was employed by Huddersfield company Dukes Transport as a lorry driver who delivered mainly in the Greater Manchester area.
On Monday March 15, 1999 he failed to turn up for work at 7am as expected. His fire-damaged red Peugeot 309 car was discovered that morning.
He was last seen at 2.30am the day before in Bradford Road, Batley, after leaving the Frontier nightclub to go and get some food.
It is also believed Mr Gapper may have been in the Scarisbrick area of Southport on Wednesday March 17 and back in Morley, West Yorkshire, the following morning. There are indications his bank card was used at these two locations.
Mr Gapper had lived in Groves Hall Road, Dewsbury Moor, for 10 years before he went missing.
Anyone with any information is asked to ring Det Con Kevin Hall on 01924 431059.